UJJAIN, (Jose Palakeel) — Bishop of Ujjain Mar Sebastian Vadakel released a new book entitled, “Our Father Rosary: A Universal Prayer of Christian Inspiration” at Ruhalaya College of Theology, Ujjain, M.P, 5th October.
The book is authored by Fr Abraham Ayckara and Fr Jose Palakeel, two priests of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas and brought out by Claretian Publications, Bangalore.
“This book is the fruit of 40 years of my life in the Ujjain mission”, said Fr Abraham Ayckara; “ I was always looking for a prayer that can be prayed by people of all affiliations; finally I found it in the ‘Our Father’, the prayer taught by Jesus Himself.”
The Christian vision of God as a loving Father provides an effective spiritual resource for the creation of an authentic world family (vasudeivakudumbakam) of all humans, irrespective of caste, creed and cult, he said.
Our Father is a prayer for the coming the Reign of God, which refers to a state of harmony, peace and prosperity.
Introducing the book on the occasion, Fr Jose Palakeel pointed out that in the first millennium of Christianity, there was a custom of praying the Our Father repetitively 50 or 150 times, as a means of prayer and contemplation.
The Pater noster beads used then for counting the Our Father later evolved into the present Rosary.
The Our Father Rosary is a repetitive prayer, in which decades of Our Father is repeated, while contemplating a key event (mystery) from the Bible. It has 3 sets of 5 mysteries each, enabling the contemplation of the salvific action of God as Creation, Redemption and Sanctification, traditionally considered as action of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The new book outlines the theology and contains the prayers with suitable illustrations of each main theme or mystery.
Following the release of the book, a website with the URL : www.ourfatherrosary.org was also launched by Bishop Vadakel. About 150 priests, sisters, seminarian and lay people from around Ujjain were present at the ceremony. The new prayer was hailed by Fr Peter Vattappara, the Rector of Ruhalaya, as a unique contribution to the Church and world in the third millennium. It is of particular significance in the year of faith declared by the Vatican.